One of the hardest parts of planning my elk hunting trip was ensuring that the non-hunting logistics came together without any major issues. One of my biggest concerns was being able reach the trailhead that I had picked out. I was able to find some first-hand accounts of the 4×4 mountain road that was supposed to take us up to the trailhead at 10,000′, but the reports on the conditions of that road were mixed. How horrible would it be to drive a couple-thousand miles, only to find out that our vehicle couldn’t make it the last 7 miles up the mountain?
A couple of weeks before our trip I was contacted by Cooper Tires, asking if I was interested in testing out their Discoverer S/T MAXX Tires. Here’s a quick look at what we put them through…
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m not sure we could have made this trip without these tires. Phil and I were already planning on taking a 4WD Suburban, but it’s old tires tires couldn’t have handled everything that Cooper’s Discoverer S/T MAXX tires allowed us to do. These Cooper tires performed great for the long-distance interstate drive from Missouri to Colorado, they handled well when we ran into an early-season, high-altitude snow storm on Interstate 70, and they saved us on mountain trails on a few occasions.
The road to reach our first trailhead had recently seen a day full of rain, followed by a snow storm, which had recently melted and left this 4WD trail a mess. The S/T MAXX tires made all of the difference as we climbed our way up this sloppy trail to over 10,000′. Then, when we were forced to move to a new hunting location on the other side of the unit, we arrived at the road only to find out that it was closed because of a mudslide. We decided to venture up the road anyway, and once again the Cooper tires allowed us to hunt this spot when other tires may have just gotten us stuck.
Thousands of miles of interstate, rain, sleet, snow, crossing through creeks, trudging through mud, climbing over rocks, and pulling through rutted-out roads at high elevations – the Cooper Discoverer S/T MAXX tires performed great for us. If you’re interested in a capable off-road tire, that is also suitable for everyday pavement pounding, then be sure to consider these S/T MAXX for your next set of tires.
Thank you, Cooper Tire, for allowing us to test these tires, and for enabling us to Discover Adventure!